On 18th February 2021, Nigerians were in shock to find out that there was an airstrike carried out by the Nigerian Military on Orlu, in Imo State.
This airstrike came hours after The Minister of Defence encouraged Nigerians to stand and fight terrorism rather than run away like cowards.
In this same time-space, there has been an ongoing conversation about giving repentant Boko Haram and armed herdsmen amnesty. There has also been a deliberate effort not to term these armed herdsmen destroying lives and property terrorists even though their actions suggest such.
The refusal of the Nigerian Government to label these herdsmen terrorists has forced some prominent individuals and states especially in the south-west of Nigeria to take laws into their hands, giving these herdsmen the ultimatum to leave their state. An example of such an individual is Igboho and as one would expect, his life has been under threat with his house in Oyo State set on fire mysteriously.
All the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) asked for was a referendum and they were termed a terrorist group, unlike the armed herdsmen who have destroyed both lives and properties and are only referred to as bandits.
In order to secure lives and properties, each region has formed a security outfit to tackle insecurity and herdsmen attacks in their different regions.
The south-west region has set up Amotekun to help tackle these insecurities while Hisbah represents that of the northern region.
Wanted activist Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had called on the eastern region to set up their own security outfit called The Eastern Security Network (ESN) For the same purpose of securing the east.
It seems the ESN is not fully acceptable by the Nigerian Government but why is that?
Could it be because the order to form such an outfit came from the wanted outcast Mazi Nnamdi Kanu? Or maybe it is because the eastern governors have not come out to fully endorse ESN the same way the south-west and northern governors have endorsed Amotekun and Hisbah respectively.
Whatever be the case, what message does the airstrike in Orlu send? Could it be a country fighting against itself rather than securing itself against the real terrorism of Boko Haram and armed herdsmen?
With the fear and tension on the streets especially on the streets of Orlu and its neighborhood, there is uncertainty in the air. Are we to expect a second civil war?